DIY plumbing tips
Everyone wants their sink drains to flow like Niagara Falls because they know that they are working properly when they do. Add hair, soap, make-up, shaving cream and toothpaste and over a period of time the draining water looks less like a waterfall and more like a lazy flowing creek.
Here are some basic steps the do-it-yourselfer can do to help improve the flow of water down the drain.
Step 1: Remove the stopper from the sink drain. If it will not pull out, reach under the sink and loosen the nut where the horizontal metal rod is going into the pop-up assembly. Once the nut is loose, pull the metal rod away from the drain until the stopper is free to pull out of the drain. Now reinstall the nut into the pop-up assembly.
Step 2: Everything that is slowing down the drain may pull out with the stopper when it is removed. If this does not happen, use a wet/dry Shop-Vac or a straightened-out clothes hanger to remove the offending stoppage. If the drain is still slow after doing this, the p-trap for the drain may need to be removed.
Step 3: Once the slow drain has been repaired, be sure to check all of the drain connections with a bright flashlight to ensure that there are no leaks.
Step 4: Never, ever use liquid drain cleaner to clear a slow or stopped up drain. If the above mentioned hasn't cleared the drain, it's time to call in the professionals.